Dolores Cullen, an iconoclastic scholar with something new to add to centuries of medieval studies, examined the religious side of Chaucer in her first book, Chaucer's Host: Up-So-Doun, in which she identified the Host of the Tabard with Christ, the Eucharistic Host. Now, Cullen turns her probing mind to Chaucer's bawdy side, identifying the poet's own history of scandal and sexual misconduct with the tale of "Sir Thopas," which he offers at the behest of the Host. "Rather than turn a blind eye," Cullen writes, "I see the poet as a man, not an icon."
About the author. Dolores Cullen first encountered Chaucer as a middle-aged college student. She received her B.A. in 1972 and her M.A. in 1978, both from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. She is the author of Chaucer's Host: Up-So-Doun(1998), Pilgrim Chaucer: Center Stage (1999),Chaucer's Pilgrims: The Allegory (2000), Who's Afraid of Middle English: A Book of Lystes (2002), and Ensnared by His Words: My Chaucer Obsession (2008). Cullen lives and writes in Claremont, California.